HOUSTON -- A northwest Harris County family has turned to Facebook to get the full attention of the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles before it decides on the fate of a convicted drunk driver.
Kevin and Christie Bordelon died Dec. 26, 2008 at the intersection of Cherry Park Drive and Highway 6. Christie Bordelon was driving when the young couple was broadsided by a speeding pickup truck.
Ineka Marble, 24 at the time, was driving drunk at an estimated 86 miles an hour. Tests after the crash, which she survived, showed a blood-alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit. The Bordelons did not survive. Paramedics said they died almost instantly and were found still holding hands.
Anybody that talks about forgiveness and letting go and things like that, I think they're kidding themselves because it just doesn't go away, said Ron Harris, Christie Bordelon s father.
Harris and his extended family called the resulting verdict from Marble s intoxication manslaughter trial demeaning. A jury found her guilty and sentenced her to a total of eight years in prison.
But next February Marble is up for her first chance at parole. That would be approximately two years served.
Two years is sickening, said Christie Bordelon s sister Ashley Harris. It's a travesty -- to say that my sister's life was worth two years?
I cry when I think about her. I cry when I think about the fun times. I cry when, the fact that, I think about she has never met my son, she said.
So in their search to send that message to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, Christie Bordelon s best friend Michaela Hansen turned to Facebook. She created a page called Stop Ineka Marble s Parole. It asks family and friends to consider writing a letter to the parole board to show the wide-reaching impact of one person s decision to drink and drive. Those letters, by mail, fax, and email now number near 600.
And that wasn't my choice, Hansen said of Marble s decision.
And it wasn't their choice to be killed that night, she said of her friends.
It was Ineka Marble's choice to drink and drive, Hansen said. I just want people to see that those choices that you make when you do that really affect a lot of people in a lot of different ways, forever.
Have them feel, or have the compassion to understand what Ineka Marble did to our family, said Ron Harris, of the impact he hopes the effort will have at the scheduled February parole hearing.
KHOU 11 News offered Marble another chance to tell her side of this story. From the Lucile Plane State Jail in Dayton in Liberty County she declined our interview request. And prison is where Christie and Kevin Bordelon's families hope the parole board will keep her for the full sentence.
Put yourselves in our shoes every day when we don't get to call them, or call them to tell them how much we love them, said Ashley Harris while standing next to the two white crosses that mark the crash site. It's a horrible feeling.